July 23, 2017

Michel Barnier, second round of Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom

  Speaking points by Michel Barnier at the press conference following the second round of Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom The European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, Michel Barnier, said: Our second round, which began on Monday, was about the presentation of our respective positions. Our objective was to start working on substance and also to continue building trust between us. I said last week that I wanted to identify the points where we agree and the points where we disagree. This was possible this week for the issues on which there was a clear British position Sur la…

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Takedown of a Romanian THB network

Romania, UK, Belgium and Switzerland – coordinated takedown of a Romanian THB network On 19 June, Romanian prosecutors from the Directorate for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), Piteşti Territorial Service, together with judicial police officers from the organised crime fighting structures within Piteşti, Craiova, Ploiesti, Bucharest, Vâlcea, and Dâmboviţa, carried out 71 house searches in Romania. In parallel, on the same day, 20 house searches were conducted within the UK, Belgium and Switzerland. As a result of these joint operations, 30 suspects were detained in Romania and three suspects in the UK, and large amounts of currency, jewelry, firearms, drugs and…

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Syria – inflexion point of certain understamndings between Washington and Moscow?

By Corneliu Pivariu. The meeting of two hours and sixteen minutes (instead of around 30 minutes as planned) between president Donald Trump and president Vladimir Putin, a first that enjoied special attention from international mass media, ended in, at least from what is seen so far, an agreement for a cease-fire in south-east of Syria. The difficulty of solving the civil war in Syria is proved once more by the fact that the two sides agreed upon a cease-fire in an area with a less complex situation. Moreover, it would be wrong not to add to it Jordan’s contribution, of…

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OPCW Director-General Calls for Protecting Global Norm during Visit to Iran

                            On the picture Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü , OPCW Director-General, the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Dr Javad Zarif and H.E. Dr Alireza Jahangiri, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. OPCW Director-General Pays Homage to Victims of Chemical Weapons and Calls for Protecting Global Norm Against Chemical Weapons during Visit to Iran THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 4 July 2017 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü reinforced the need to…

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IOM helps 100,000 return in 2016

Sri Lankan Returnee engaged in livelihood activity under reintegration support. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017. UN Migration Agency Helps Nearly 100,000 Migrants Return and Reintegrate in 2016 Today (11/07), IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reported that they helped 98,403 migrants return home voluntarily in 2016. This assistance was provided through the IOM Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programmes and highlighted in their latest report, Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration 2016 Key Highlights. This represents a 41 per cent increase to 2015, when 69,540 migrants were provided with return and reintegration support. The people assisted in 2016 from 110…

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Reaffirming America’s Commitment to European Allies

President Trump took his second trip to Europe, visiting this week Poland and Germany. President Trump reaffirmed America’s commitment to their allies while working to promote American interests abroad. In Poland, President Trump reminded us to value “the dignity of every human life, protects the rights of every person, and share the hope of every soul to live in freedom.” The President also explained that the “West became great not because of paperwork and regulations but because people were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destinies.” The United States share strong democratic roots and freedoms with Europe.

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Romanian THB ring disrupted in France

                            A joint action day on 19 June in France and Romania led to 23 arrests (13 in France and 10 in Romania) for suspected involvement in a human trafficking ring and participation in a criminal organisation. In 2011, French police became aware of thefts committed on the Metro in and around Paris by young adult and underage Romanian nationals. The level of these crimes peaked in 2015 and 2016, when France hosted very large international events (the Paris Climate Change Conference (CPO 21) and the Euro…

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Multiple arrests in international drug trafficking and money laundering ring

The Hague, 05 July 2017 Today, in an international joint action day in Italy, Spain and Germany, 32 people were arrested, suspected of involvement in drug trafficking, participation in a criminal organisation and money laundering. The action day was the culmination of complex investigations, led by the Italian Direzione Distrettuale Antimafia ed Antiterrorismo of Naples and the Spanish Audiencia Nacional and Fiscalia Especial Anticorrupcion y Contra la Criminalidad Organizada, with the support of Eurojust. The Italian Procura Nazionale Antimafia ed Antiterrorismo was involved as well, in its role as coordinating body for the investigations at Italian level and as Eurojust national…

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Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, new Administrative Director of Eurojust

Mr Nikolaos (Nick) Panagiotopoulos was appointed Administrative Director of Eurojust during the plenary meeting of the College of Eurojust on 30 May 2017. He took up his duties on 1 July 2017.  Mr Panagiotopoulos was born in Greece. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts, Honours Political Science, Concordia University (1982), a Bachelor of Laws LLB, McGill University (1985), a Master’s degree in European Administration and Policy, Panteion University (2002), and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management, after having successfully completed a work-based programme co-organised by the European Commission and the University of Kingston (2014).  Mr Panagiotopoulos’ professional experience…

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USA Supreme Court’s decision

Keeping The American People Safe This week, the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold an Executive Order on travel affirms the USA President duty to protect the homeland as granted by the Constitution. “As President, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm. I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive,” said President Donald Trump. “The President’s number one responsibility as Commander-in-Chief is to keep the American people safe”.

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